Steamboat Springs The snow that fell in downtown Steamboat Springs Oct. 31 was a virtual Halloween tradition, but the question on the minds of skiers and snowboarders this week was, "How much snow fell on the mountain?"
It's a little early in the season for an official measurement, but Mike Bieron, the sign maker for the Steamboat Ski Area, couldn't resist.
He left his workshop at the Thunderhead Summit atop the Silver Bullet Gondola Tuesday afternoon and stuck a ruler in the snow at the entrance to the ski patrol office.
At 2:30 p.m., with the snow still falling, Bieron measured 7 inches of accumulation.
Ski area spokeswoman Cathy Wiedemer said the snow that fell at the midway point on the mountain was reported to be substantially lighter than the slush that accumulated in the gondola parking lot.
People with ski fever can log on to the ski area's Web site at www.steamboat.com to see the photo of the day, reflecting current conditions. Those who visit the site can find Bieron's picture of his ruler in the recent archives section.